Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Do you see why the judges had such a difficult time? The paper category was just chock full of fabulous entries. Wow, I mean really, Wow!

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I had a difficult time picking photos to share, there were so many great ones included in her challenge entry.

Kathy’s description of this project:

My entry was created by using my TOTALLY AWESOME 15 inch KNK Maxx and the MOST AMAZING software, MAKE THE CUT! {Refer to picture #1…but please do not judge the project by how I look in this pic.  It was late.  I was tired, and my daughter kept laughing at my goofy grin}


This project was very dear to me since I designed it from “scratch” for my son and my beautiful daughter-in-law’s wedding this past November. When they asked me if I would take on such a project, I immediately jumped on the idea thinking with the awesome tools I have, my KNK Maxx and MTC, I said: “No problem…just give me an idea of what you would like!”  HA!  Didn’t expect that they would like a cut out corner and a matching sleeve! So off I went looking for the right elements to design the corner cut out. I had flowers, butterflies and swirls in mind. Once I found the right pieces, I traced them into MTC and started to play with forming the design. When I had just what I liked, I selected all and welded them together. After a bit of trial and error, and many tears of worry that I could actually pull this off, I humbly asked for the help from MTC’s weekly webinar crew to guide me through a few steps. S.BryanW was awesome and very instrumental in helping me get my design to weld to the edge of the virtual card. I am eternally grateful for your kind help Bryan!

Not wanting to lose the details of the design when it cut out, I created another piece which would be cut out of contrasting cardstock and adhered to the corner. Once I had that all worked out in MTC, I planned out the wording on the front of the invitation as well as the inside. Here too, MTC made that easy to accomplish. When everything was in place on the card, I put my 8½” x 11” sheet of cover stock into my printer and printed the front and inside. When finished printing, each sheet was placed on my KNK cutting mat, adjust the blade depth, hide printing, open cutting lines and cut, cut, cut. One sheet at a time. Then, glue, glue, glue. Fold, fold fold.

Then moving on to the pocket sleeve the invite is put into. I designed the sleeve using a few basic shapes in the MTC files, adjusting to fit onto a 8 ½“ x 11“ sheet of cover stock. Making sure that the card fit inside and slid in and out smoothly (while keeping in mind that it needed to fit inside a mailing envelope). Using the same design as the corner cut out on the card, modifying it a bit to fit the front of the top loading sleeve, I rotated the design and followed the same procedure to weld it to the front. After cutting out the separate detailed layer in cover stock, I had another few nights of dot, dot, dot of glue to adhere the contrasting layer to the sleeves. Fold and tape the side and bottom flap to create the sleeve…and Wah-Lah. Pretty card and envelope sleeve.  Wedding Invite & Sleeve-Dark Background_opt

Finishing touches not pictured were a 4” x 4” card with reception and RSVP info on it that I also created in MTC, printed out and then straight cut using my guillotine cutter. I added a sheet of tissue paper and stuffed everything into the mailing envelope for the finishing touch. Boxed them up and sent 80 of them on their way to South Africa.  12 days later I received a call with from the brides mother that they arrived. That was the LONGEST two weeks ever since I had no tracking on it to know where they were! She was so impressed that I made each one and that they were more beautiful than anything she has ever seen. It was well worth it. There would have been no way I could have accomplished this without the sweet cutting skills of my KNK Maxx and the ease of my Make The Cut software!!! Best two investment I ever made!!! KNK has the best customer service and training. I am soooo glad I discovered this company. Thank You for coordinating this challenge and for being so awesome just in general!

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6 thoughts on “Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

  1. WAOOOWWW.. What DELICATE and BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME Project. I love it and thank you for the inspiration, I want to do some of this. LOVE IT, LOVE IT…. I cannot imagine the hard work of the judges….

  2. Stunning results, I remember watching S.BryanW helping you on this in the webinars, your design is stunning and the results are spectacular. ~Diane

  3. Oh what a great job…I. Also attend the webinar sand only missed a couple of them. You must be so proud of your accomplishment. Congrats! I envy you.

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